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Michael Schöch | Biography
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Biography

Michael Schöch is one of few musicians to be equally proficient in both the piano- and organ repertoire to the same extent and standard. Being awarded 1st prize at the ARD International Music Competition in the organ category, an award that was issued again for the first time in 40 years, opportunities opened for him to perform in large concert halls and cathedrals. At the same time he was able to continue with piano concerts, where his current focus lies on the cyclical performance of all Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

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He considers a broad and diversified repertoire as a matter of great importance, from the historically informed performances of Early Music to contemporary classical music. Besides performing the large known piano and organ repertoire, he is also dedicated to lesser played and in part forgotten works of all eras. He enjoys putting together well thought-out and individual programmes, also in collaboration with various organizers.

His dual talent allows him to present programmes for both instruments on the same evening, as for example in the season of 2013/14 in the Herkulessaal in Munich or 2012/13 in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. He was given the opportunity to perform at numerous festivals like the Rendez-vous des Grands festival in Montreal, the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch, the Osterfestival Tirol, the Internationalen Orgelwoche Nürnberg, the Max-Reger-Tage Weiden and the Internationalen Orgelfestwochen Rheinland-Pfalz.

Concerts also brought him to the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, the philharmonics in Gasteig/Munich, the Semperoper Dresden, the ORF-Radiokulturhaus in Vienna, the Organ Series of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as well as to the collegiate church of Stuttgart and the cathedrals of Riga, Passau, Merseburg, Mainz and Speyer.

Osterfestival Tirol 2015

Michael Schöch beim Osterfestival Tirol 2015

He has performed with renowned orchestras, for example the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Sebastian Tewinkel, the German Symhony Orchestra Berlin under Marcelo Lehninger, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under Johannes Klumpp, the Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra under Francesco Angelico and the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen under Oswald Sallaberger.

An important aspect of his work is accompaniment, with appearances at the Eppan Liedsommer, the Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch, in the Frankfurt Opera and the National Theater in Darmstadt, with the large song cycles by Schubert and Schumann and songs by Liszt, Wolf, Mahler, Pfitzner and Richard Strauss. He also finds joy in chamber music, noteworthy are performances of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schostakowitsch and Reger, with musicians of the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Michael Schöch’s work is documented in numerous broadcast recordings (such as ORF, BR, SWR, Deutschlandradio) as well as various album productions. He has recorded piano concerts of Tyrolean composers (Johann Rufinatscha, Emil Berlanda, Karl Senn), as well as the piano concert by Robert Schumann together with the Academy St. Blasius Orchestra under direction of Karlheinz Siessl.

The latest recordings are the complete piano and organ works of Julius Reubke (OehmsClassics) and the complete clarinet sonatas by Max Reger (with R. Oberaigner/clarinet, MDG).

Born in 1985 in Innsbruck, Austria, Michael Schöch studied Piano at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium in Innsbruck under Bozidar Noev (Diploma with distinction in 2006) and at the Academy for Music and Theater in Munich under Gerhard Oppitz (Diploma 2009, master class diploma with distinction in 2011). From 2011 to 2013 he continued his studies under Pavel Gililov at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He studied Organ since 2001, from 2005 under Edgar Krapp at Academy for Music and Theater in Munich (Diploma 2009, master class diploma with distinction in 2011).

Even while studying he already received several awards, such as the Brigitte Fassbaender Sponsorship Prize, the Bösendorfer Piano Scholarship, the Scholarship of the Richard Wagner Society Munich, as well as scholarships of the Austrian Lions Club and of the DAAD.

Furthermore he won prizes at several international competitions, in 2007 the 1st prize at the international piano competition “Franz Schubert” in Rousse, as well as the special prize for best interpretation of a work of Franz Schubert, in 2008 the 1st prize at the international organ competition “August Everding” in Munich, in 2010 the 2nd prize at the international “Franz Schmidt” organ competition in Kitzbühel, and in 2011 the 1st prize at the competition for the Gasteig Culture Award in Munich.

Since 2015 he is Professor of Organ at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium.